Allstate Sugar Bowl has many Super Bowl LVI connections

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Odell Beckham, Jr.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. celebrates against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NEW ORLEANS — Thirty-five players on rosters for Super Bowl LVI (Sunday, February 13, 2022) have connections to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Ten members of the Los Angeles Rams and 25 Cincinnati Bengals players either played in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, played in other events hosted or sponsored by the Sugar Bowl, or were honored by the Sugar Bowl for their amateur athletic accomplishments.

The Super Bowl participant with the most connections to the Allstate Sugar Bowl is Ja’Marr Chase from the Bengals. Chase had a memorable game in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, which was hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, as he caught nine passes for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Sugar Bowl selected him as the top amateur athlete from the Greater New Orleans area for 2019-20. Chase also participated in three Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classics during his time at Archbishop Rummel High School – he was the event’s long jump champion as a senior in 2018 with a mark of 23 feet, one and three-quarter inches.

In addition, Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow was honored with a pair of major awards by the Sugar Bowl. Following his Heisman Trophy-winning 2019 season, Burrow was also selected as the winner of the Manning Award, presented to the top collegiate quarterback in the nation. In June of 2020, the star quarterback earned the Sugar Bowl’s James J. Corbett Award as the top amateur athlete in the state of Louisiana. He also had a dominant performance in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, which was hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, throwing for 463 yards and five touchdowns in LSU’s memorable victory.

Los Angeles Rams
Name, College — Sugar Bowl Connection(s)

Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson Offensive lineman in 2018 Sugar Bowl
Bobby Evans, Oklahoma — Starting right tackle in 2017 Sugar Bowl
Odell Beckham Jr., LSU — Team-high five catches in 2012 Allstate BCS Championship
Terrell Lewis, Alabama — Two tackles in the 2018 Sugar Bowl
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma — Four tackles, 1.5 TFL in the 2017 Sugar Bowl
Bryce Perkins, Virginia — Two-time Manning Award Star of the Week
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama — Two tackles as the starting nose guard in the 2015 Sugar Bowl
Matt Stafford, Georgia — Threw for 175 yards and a TD in 41-10 victory in 2008 Sugar Bowl
Andrew Whitworth, LSU — Starting left tackle in 2004 Sugar Bowl national championship
John Wolford, Wake Forest — Two-time Manning Award Star of the Week

Cincinnati Bengals
Name, College — — Sugar Bowl Connection(s)

Brandon Allen, Arkansas — Three-time Manning Award Star of the Week
Eli Apple, Ohio State — Five tackles and two PBUs in 2015 Sugar Bowl
Vonn Bell, Ohio State — Eight tackles and an INT in 2015 Sugar Bowl
Jake Browning, Washington — Six-time Manning Award Star of the Week
Joe Burrow, LSU — 463 yards and five TDs in 2020 CFP Championship hosted by Sugar Bowl; Manning Award winner 2019; Corbett Award winner 2019-20
Jackson Carman, Clemson Starting left tackle in 2021 Sugar Bowl
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU — 221 receiving yards and two TDs in 2020 CFP Championship hosted by Sugar Bowl; Three-time participant in Sugar Bowl High School Track & Field Meet; Sugar Bowl Track Long Jump Champion in 2018; Sugar Bowl’s New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year, 2019-20
Jordan Evans, Oklahoma# — Nine tackles as starting linebacker in 2017 Sugar Bowl
Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State — Team-high nine tackles in 2016 Sugar Bowl
Lamont Gaillard, Georgia* — Starting center in the 2019 Sugar Bowl
Tee Higgins, Clemson — Played receiver in 2018 Sugar Bowl
Trey Hill, Georgia — Starting center in 2020 Sugar Bowl; starting right guard in 2019 Sugar Bowl
Mike Hilton, Ole Miss — Started at nickelback in the 2016 Sugar Bowl, tallied five tackles, two PBUs
Elijah Holyfield, Georgia* –Rushed for 62 yards as the starting tailback in the 2019 Sugar Bowl
Sam Hubbard, Ohio State — True freshman on roster for 2015 Sugar Bowl, but redshirted
Clay Johnston, Baylor — Member of the 2020 Sugar Bowl participants, but did not play due to injury
Joe Mixon, Oklahoma — Rushed for 91 yards and two TDs in 2017 Sugar Bowl
Stanley Morgan, Nebraska — Competed in the 2015 Sugar Bowl High School Track Meet for St. Augustine High
Thaddeus Moss, LSU — Two TD catches in 2020 CFP Championship hosted by Sugar Bowl
Joseph Ossai, Texas# — Team-high eight tackles as starting linebacker in 2019 Sugar Bowl
Samaje Perine, Oklahoma — Rushed for 86 yards and a TDs in 2017 Sugar Bowl
Tyler Shelvin, LSU — Started at nose tackle in 2020 CFP Championship hosted by Sugar Bowl
Damion Square, Alabama — True freshman on roster for 2009 Sugar Bowl, but redshirted
Jonah Williams, Alabama — Starting left tackle in 2018 Sugar Bowl
Pooka Williams, Kansas* — Sugar Bowl’s New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year, 2017-18

* practice squad
# Injured reserve

The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 100 Hall of Fame players, 51 Hall of Fame coaches and 20 Heisman Trophy winners in its 88-year history. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.2 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.

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